One of the greatest things about a trip to Athens is its proximity to beautiful whitewashed Greek islands, charming villages and ancient historical cities. Each has a distinct character, culture and color. The residents themselves, known for their filoxenia or, graciousness and hospitality, will welcome you with a smile and invite you to try their local specialties.
Even if you are in Athens for just a few days, we urge you to spend a day or two at one of the following destinations. You will be glad you did.
When in Athens, hop on over to one of the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf.
The islands off the coast of the Saronic Gulf are ideal one-day getaways. Agistri, Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses are popular destinations among the Athenians, indicating their special standing amongst Greece's many islands. Cruises that tour the islands in one day are available, as are easy connections from each, should you prefer to explore them at your leisure.